1st Edition

Cognitive Behavioral Protocols for Medical Settings A Clinician’s Guide

    386 Pages
    by Routledge

    386 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book offers specific evidence-based behavioral treatment plans for the most commonly observed symptoms seen in medical and clinical settings. It will address the needs of therapists who work in fast-paced clinics and are often mandated to provide time-limited and effective treatment. Intended for early career clinicians as well as experienced psychotherapists, clear goal-directed protocols are outlined in a specific manner to assist the clinician in treating frequently reported pain complaints, somatic illnesses, anxiety, sleep difficulties, panic, agitation, anger management, and more. A brief review of symptoms is followed by specific cognitive behavioral treatment strategies, quantitative treatment tracking tools, and methods to address obstacles and facilitate progress. This clinician-friendly manual will guide research based interventions and documentation needs, while also showing how the intervention can best be used to avoid common pitfalls in treatment.

    Introduction  Part I: General principles of evidence-based treatment  1. Common Physical Conditions and Associated Psychological Symptom  2. General principles of psychological interventions  3. Evidence-based research for psychological interventions  Part II. Treatment Interventions for Symptoms  Section One. Physical Symptoms  4. Pain; 5.Sleep difficulties; Section Two. Mood Symptoms; 6.. Depression;7.  Emotional Dysregulation  Section Three. Anxiety Symptoms; 8.Anxiety about the Medical Setting & Treatment; 9.Illness Anxiety    10. Panic Disorder  Section Four: Interpersonally Disruptive Symptoms  11.  Agitation 12. Pragmatic Difficulties; 13.  The final word on treatment in medical settings;  End notes & references; Index.


    Jennifer LaBuda, PhD, is a rehabilitation neuropsychologist and clinical psychologist. She is a national consultant for chronic pain treatment and frequent lecturer to professional organizations on behavioral and cognitive behavioral treatment.

    Bradley N. Axelrod, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has expertise in clinical neuropsychology. Well published in the fields of neuropsychological and psychological assessment, he has been clinical staff at the John D. Dingell Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Detroit since 1990.

    James Windell, MA, is an author and college instructor. As a limited-licensed psychologist, he specialized in work with families and children. He has been recognized as a parenting and discipline expert and for many years worked as a court clinical psychologist. In private practice as a family therapist, he frequently worked with both juvenile and adult offenders.


    Holistic health care has finally come to the forefront. This state-of-the-art text combines the best of evidence-based psychological practice with methods for managing important medical conditions. Each chapter contains updated research as well as fresh diagnostic and conceptual formulations that make this text useful for both early-career and seasoned professionals. 

    -Jared L. Skillings, PhD, ABPP; Chief of Psychology, Spectrum Health System, Grand Rapids, MI; Assistant Professor of Surgery and Psychiatry, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine